Five things your homeschool co-op teacher wants you to know

This week I head into my eighth year as an English teacher at a local homeschooling co-op. Each group of students and their families has been entirely unique--one year I had three sets of twins! However, the same issues tend to crop up as we grow and learn together. If you attend a co-op, here … Continue reading Five things your homeschool co-op teacher wants you to know

Finding a diagnosis at last

Imagine what it would be like to live with a vision condition for more than 70 years, wondering why you can't accomplish some tasks that seem so easy to those around you. Knowing you see colors differently than everyone else, but not knowing why. This is what happened to my friend Lee, who was diagnosed … Continue reading Finding a diagnosis at last

Three reasons to run — not walk — to a homeschool forum

In my new book on homeschooling I spend a little time singing the praises of my powerhouse local support group, Midwest Parent Educators (MPE). One of its particular strengths is the annual conference and curriculum fair. Free for MPE members, the show could not be more convenient or affordable. Here are three reasons every homeschooler … Continue reading Three reasons to run — not walk — to a homeschool forum

Mommy grief

After a busy Wednesday evening of cooking, cleaning and waving my husband and two elementary-aged kids out the door to church, my one-week-old son and I were enjoying some peaceful time together as I plopped him in the bathroom sink. Suddenly he let out an uncharacteristic wail -- the kind of sound that makes a … Continue reading Mommy grief